New Missile Defense Satellite Put Into Orbit

The United States on Saturday launched a geosynchronous satellite into orbit as part of its Space-Based Infrared System project, which is intended to enhance the country's ability to detect, track and counter enemy missiles, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, May 4).

The $1.3 billion spacecraft is expected to begin transmitting valuable information within six months and it is slated to be approved to carry out all functions within a year and a half.

The first of four planned system satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A plan to launch the satellite on Friday was postponed due to poor weather conditions (Associated Press/ABC News, May 7).

May 9, 2011
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The United States on Saturday launched a geosynchronous satellite into orbit as part of its Space-Based Infrared System project, which is intended to enhance the country's ability to detect, track and counter enemy missiles, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, May 4).